Sources: Google, Infrequently [Google Chrome Engineer]
quote: They may not be charging money for a lot of what they offer but there is a steep price - your personal information and a record of just about everything you do on the web. People whine about adware and yet fail to acknowledge that Google is essentially one of the biggest adware companies in existence (it was started by a russian guy and they love their adware).
quote: Competition tends to benefit the consumer and industry by motivating companies offering the same or similar products to continually improve. Google has competition but it's a lot like Microsoft was in its heyday, where the competition is there but it's really not putting up much of a fight...none of that suggests that the lack of competition google is facing is a good thing for anyone - it's not.
quote: That's wrong. You're always free to use Android without Google services! No one forces you to use Google Maps, no one forces you to use the Play Store, (unlike on iOS or Windows). No one forces you to sync your contacts and calendar with Google.
quote: You can use Waze, ..., you can use Amazon store, ...Additionally can't Android (Google) create a monopoly, because others can fork it and create their own OS (Amazon, Sony, ... all did it, and all are independent of Google)
quote: I agree that competition is good. But even if Apple and MS and Blackberry and Mozilla, ... fail and vanish and we only have Android, even then, there's no monopoly, because you can do with Android what you want.
quote: what I did say is that the competition in the mobile OS market is very limited, and that the notion that Google is not "charging" for what they are apparently "giving away for free" is heavily misguided.
quote: Even if you do not use google's services, websites that you visit may use Google's ads or analytics - both track your movements over the web as well as a lot of other info about what you do...so not using google isn't somehow shielding you from their tentacles.
quote: Android in itself may not make a case for google being a monopoly, but when it is considered together with all of googles business activities as a whole, you'd have to be very dim-witted to say that google is not effectively "controlling" the internet. Maybe not exclusively...yet.
quote: Being able to "do what you want" with android does not preclude it from becoming a contributing factor to google's eventual monopoly over modern communications.
quote: What I was saying: Google is giving Android away for free.You can use, modify and do whatever you want with it and don't have to pay Google anything in whatever form you want. ONLY if you want to use the optional Google services like Maps, Store, ... you have to accept some restricitions, otherwise, Google is giving it away for free and nothing is misguided.
quote: If you're lazy and turn on Cookies, remain logged in, ... only then Google/Facebook/... is able to track you. You can surf in private mode, or just don't use the comfort functions like always logged in.
quote: No ad company can track you across more than 1 session or even more than 1 browser window. But people are lazy, people enjoy using the like button on each site, that's not an issues of Google, but of the people. I'm free to not use and even block it, and you know what? I blocked it.
quote: Amazon, MS, Apple, Facebook, are just too large and popular to change this.
quote: So as long as you can use on Android whatever software you like, and as long as Google publishes the source code of the latest iterations and as long as you are free to use it without Google, there's no reason to fear.